If you are a Senior Polar Guide and you want to become a PTGA Assessor please read the POE requirements below or contact us for course dates. Observing an established Assessor is a good development option. Assessors need to be highly competent polar guides with a rich history of experience and expertise to pass on to others and temperament to be able to teach and coach, listen and observe. The PTGA Technical Sub Committee oversees the selection of Assessor candidates through a POE that proves the requirements below.



  • >200 days experience (beyond the days required for initial PQs) in polar regions using the skill sets outlined in the PQs you plan to assess against.
  • Direct experience and skills to be able to assess in 4 or more PQs.
  • Evidence of ability to work at or above the highest PQ level you will be assessing against. Evidence can be from other regions or associated industries but must include:
    • Logged time.
    • Attestation from two peers in the associated industry, one of whom must be an EL, Senior Polar Guide or Assessor.
  • From here an Assessor candidate can attend a PTGA Assessors Course focussed on specific Assessor skills and they will leave being able to:
    • Set assessment tasks and measure competencies
    • Teach coach and manage the assessment and feedback processes
    • explain and define 'collection of evidence'
    • strategically use ‘range’ statements and contingent questioning
    • explain and use the grievance and appeal processes
    • file the reporting requirements to PTGA administration
    • use the PTGA Incident and Near Miss reporting system


Senior Assessor
Able to assess anywhere and also run Assessor Training workshops.

Free Range Assessor
Able to assess inside accredited companies and run private assessments or free-lance for different companies.

Company Assessor
Able to assess only within their accredited company and its infrastructure.


Anyone who has achieved Polar Guide or Senior Polar Guide status is required to revalidate their award every 3rd year. Guides need to submit a POE of logged time and currency and attestation from any PTGA Guide or Assessor senior to them that they are current in their PQs.


Assessor status and relevant PQs are automatically revalidated if you have:

  • Been actively assessing in the last 12 months.
  • If the company you work for has an MOU under the Company and Workplace Model and therefore has a moderation process and PTGA Senior Assessor visits and observes.
  • Attend a PTGA Assessors training course.

Any Assessor who has not assessed in the last three years is required to either observe another Assessor or attend an Assessors Training Course to ensure they are aware of, and using the latest models and administrative procedures.


Any public domain programs we run will be advertised through this area. Currently we have no public domain courses offered. Stay tuned for a PTGA Assessors Accreditation program.